Comic-Con 2018: Watch all the best TV show trailers here
Another year, another Comic-Con. As the sun sets on the granddaddy of comic book conventions and San Diego says goodbye to the cosplay characters, sci-fi fandoms, and the cast and crews of the best genre content going, we’re reflecting on the 2018 edition and the many, many new projects in the pipeline for screens big and small.
On the silver screen side of things, Marvel stepped down from center stage having swung its cinematic balls in 2017 with the likes of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, meaning there was plenty of room for Warner Bros. to take the spotlight with the trailer releases of a slew of new movie projects including Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Shazam.
But today we’re turning our focus to the TV side of SDCC. The notable absence of HBO and its MVPs Westworld and Game of Thrones meant other networks could get a look in and present their new and returning shows that are making their way to our screens over the next twelve months. Be sure to check out our selection of the best TV trailers to have emerged from the 2018 SDCC so that you can get yourself suitably hyped for all the upcoming genre content:
The Flash is back for S5
Season five of The Flash will land on The CW starting October 9, picking up where S4 left off with the arrival of Nora Allen (Jessica Parker Kennedy) – Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris West’s (Candice Patton) daughter from the future. Even more awkward than finding out about a secret lovechild! The new trailer also teases a new big bad in Cicada, who will be played by American Pie star Chris Klein, giving you all the more reason to tune in when S5 drops this Fall.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the trailer for Supergirl S4!
While this trailer has got us suitably hyped for Supergirl’s return to The CW, we’re most excited that the show is set to introduce us to TV’s first transgender superhero, played by Nicole Maines. To watch history in the making, be sure to catch the fourth instalment when it drops on the network starting October 14.
Arrow leaves its mark with a trailer for S7
The CW’s really pushing its superhero content this year – in addition to the return of The Flash and Supergirl, Arrow returns on Monday October 15 and it looks like the show will be taking things into uncharted territory for its seventh season. As y’all will remember, in the last round Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) ended up revealing his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, landing the character in prison and confronting him with some of his biggest hurdles yet. Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, also revealed earlier this year: “The rest of the team is all going to be in danger as well. Where that puts Felicity and William, I mean, we can only do so much to protect them.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are back with a new set of threats
In the next season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a entirely new host of mystical threats have emerged, and John Constantine’s taking on the help of the Legends to keep them in check. As noted by Slash Film, “This time, the team will be tracking down magical creatures from myths, legends, and fairytales known as Fugitives. But their big bad this season will be Mallus.” Be sure to check out season four when it hits The CW on October 22.
A storm’s brewing in Black Lightning S2
More episodes from our fave flashy superhero are in the pipeline, with lead Cress Williams hinting that the new season will be “harder hitting and a little bit darker”. When it comes to S2, a new threat is on the horizon in the shape of Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III), the dangerous gang leader who has always been a problem for the titular cape-wearer. Black Lightning will return to The CW starting October 9.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is back for another round
All the way from a galaxy far, far away came the announcement that Disney was bringing its animated show Star Wars: The Clone Wars for another twelve-episode season, meaning fans jonesing for another instalment from the space opera franchise won’t have long to wait before being given more episodes to quench that thirst.
Disenchantment enchanted viewers
The first trailer to Matt Groening’s new comedy animation was released at this year’s SDCC, getting audiences suitably pumped – especially since we only have to wait until August 17 until the entire first season drops on Netflix. Described as a cross between The Simpsons and Game of Thrones, the new trailer may only be less than a minute long, but it’s enough to make any Simpsons or Futurama fan lose their mind!
The female-led Doctor Who is here to rock our worlds
The new Doctor is here, she’s a she, and there’s nothing the toxic fandom can do about it aside from suck it up and accept that she has got female genitals. A group of 6,000 fans were treated to a trailer of the 13th Doctor Who, seeing Jodie Whittaker taking the position as the first female lead in the sci-fi bastion’s long-running history. According to ABC: “Whittaker said playing the role of the extra terrestrial being who explores the universe in the Tardis was ‘really liberating’ and it was inevitable that a woman would one day be cast to play the Doctor.”
The long-awaited trailer for Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC is here
The trailer dropped for FX’s anticipated Sons of Anarchy spinoff at the SDCC. Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Mayans MC sees EZ Reyes (JD Pardo) – a former golden boy now fresh out of prison – as a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California-Mexico border who must carve out his new outlaw identity. However, Sons of Anarchy creator and Mayans MC co-creator Kurt Sutter made it clear that the first season of the new show will avoid bringing any other Sons into the mix and will instead explore new ground.
“Right now there’s no intersecting stories that will interfere with that. Sons was a big world. There were a lot of peripheral players and charters. That’s the nature of the world; there is a relationship between the Mayans and the Sons. We’ll see those points of intersection this season and throughout the series as well. But it’s a balance. I want to acknowledge that world and find opportunities to circle that again. And yet, I don’t want to abuse it.” Well said – we’re looking forward to seeing where Sutter and co-creator Elgin James take us with the new show when it premieres on September 4 of this year.
Jump aboard the ship – the trailer for Nightflyers is here
The first trailer for Nightflyers hit the SDCC this year, looking every bit the blistering sci-fi horror we’re all hoping it to be. Based on Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin’s novella of the same name, Nightflyers tells the epic story of eight scientists who journey to a galaxy far, far away in search of extraterrestrial life in the cosmos. The ten-episode sci-fi saga is set to drop on Netflix in 2019, meaning there’s plenty of time to read the novella and get yourself hyped beforehand.